Who: Baylor When: Monday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m. TV: ESPN2 Online: WatchESPN.com Where: Lloyd Noble Center (Norman, Okla.) What's at Stake: Oklahoma's schedule continues to strengthen as the Sooners face top-ranked Baylor for Big Monday on ESPN2.
STILLWATER, Okla.. -- The Sooners turned Bedlam from a snoozer to a thriller after creating a 22-point swing in the first half, but couldn't pull the trick again after falling behind double digits in the second period.
No. 23 Oklahoma State (19-7, 8-7 Big 12) defeated Oklahoma (19-8, 9-6) 83-62 Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena, preventing a regular-season sweep by the Sooners. It was the Cowgirls' third victory in the series' last 30 meetings.
"We didn't come out with the fight we had in the first half," Oklahoma junior guard Morgan Hook said. "We just kind of came out there and thought it was going to fall into our hands, and we didn't start the game with that same fire we had in the middle of the first half."
After falling behind 23-4, Oklahoma used a four-minute, 16-1 scoring run to close on Oklahoma State. OU briefly held the lead before OSU battled back to a 34-33 halftime advantage.
Oklahoma freshman guard Nicole Kornet hit three of four first-half 3-pointers to ignite the Sooners' rally.
The Sooners missed 12 of their first 13 shots before Kornet's 3 lifted the bubble. OU finished the half making 10 of 15 field goals, including five straight 3-pointers in one stretch, and outscoring Oklahoma State, 29-11.
"Giving up offensive rebounds," Coale said. "That's the statistic that tells the tale. You can survive not shooting real well if you're not giving other teams extra possessions. They got 19 extra shots, 19 offensive rebounds. It's hard to win like that, especially on the road."
The Cowgirls started the second half with a 10-2 advantage and outscored the Sooners by 20 points in the final period.
Aaryn Ellenberg scored a game-high 22 points, Nicole Griffin added 12 and Kornet 10.
Oklahoma State's Kendra Suttles scored 17 points to lead four Cowgirls in double figures.
"...a lot of things came together that we didn't respond to," Ellenberg said, "and they hit us. It was all us. We could have controlled everything that happened there, but we didn't."
The Sooners have lost two of their last three games with a matchup against No. 1 Baylor looming Monday evening.
"We have to regroup and go compete," Coale said. "We really competed against Baylor at their place, and that's what I want our guys to do. They're obviously an incredibly talented team, they're incredibly deep, and we've got a week of conference play left, and we've got to attack and play the way we know we can play, and get ourselves into the Big 12 Tournament and see what happens."
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